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Sunday, December 22, 2013

India South Africa 1st Test ends in a thrilling draw.

Test No. 2108 ends in a draw …………  a thriller at that… at New Wanderers, Johannesburg – this morning when match started,  a SA win looked improbable … and things were loaded in favour of India

Rank ordinary bowling and good batting by SA provided enough heartbreaks and towards the end SA win was very much on the cards………… in the end a good throw (or was it suicidal running or both) tilted the scale

Only when it was just 2 balls to go… the draw was for sure .. SA could not make required 16 and India those 3 wickets………… India escaped with a draw and in the dying stages SA clearly played for a draw without going for the kill…. Target of 458 in 4th innings almost chased… and what do we do with our bowlers… !!!

Today it all started with 320 or 8 wickets… Faf and De Villiers achieved 205 partnership… a thrilling draw and a good advertisement for a Test match as they say

For India a golden opportunity squandered………. When will another similar chance come !!!  -  Virat Kohli is the Man of the Match .. Chetehswar Pujara also will remember this match for that great innings.

With regards – S. Sampathkumar

Feeling relieved now……

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